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    Batang Gilas bows to New Zealand, settles for fourth place in Fiba Under-16 Asian Championship

    Apr 8, 2018
    Batang Gilas bows out with back-to-back losses but leaves with their heads held high after securing a spot in the world meet. Photo from fiba.com

    THE Philippines settled for fourth place, bowing to New Zealand, 76-60, on Sunday at the close of the Fiba Under-16 Asian Championship in Foshan, China.

    New Zealand went on a 12-0 run in the second quarter to take a 30-18 lead, enough to contain Batang Gilas and clinch third place.

    Batang Gilas scored only seven points in the second period.

    It was a letdown with two straight losses to cap the stint, following a big quarterfinal win that secured Batang Gilas’ spot in the Fiba Under-17 Basketball World Cup.

    Batang Gilas lost to China in the semifinals, relegating the Philippines in the battle for third.

    Terrence Fortea had 18 points, while Kai Sotto had 13 points and seven rebounds.

    Marvin Williams-Dunn had 17 points, including a triple that capped that big run by New Zealand in the second quarter.

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      Still, it was a fruitful campaign with Batang Gilas set to return to the world stage after competing in the 2014 Fiba Under-17 World Championship in Dubai.

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      The scores:

      New Zealand 76 - Williams-Dunn 17, Dance 16, Payne 10, Broughton 9, Cowie 6, Trott 6, Dixon 4, Perham 4, Rautangata 4, McKinlay 0.

      Philippines 60 - Fortea 18, Sotto 13, Andrada 9, Padrigao 8, Cortez 5, Bautista 5, Lazaro 2, Chiu 0, Balaga 0, Go 0, Guadana 0.

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      Quarterscores: 18-14; 42-21; 61-41; 76-60.

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      Batang Gilas bows out with back-to-back losses but leaves with their heads held high after securing a spot in the world meet. Photo from fiba.com
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